MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor is asking the community for help. The school is currently trying to raise funds to buy a two-sided digital message board.
"We do not want to use any school money for this project. School money needs to be used for the operation of the school as well as making sure our students receive the best education possible and the best transportation possible, among other things," the superintendent said.
Taylor said the current school sign, located at Third and Main Street in downtown Mammoth Spring, has been there since the 1970s. He said it was bought with funds from the Mammoth Spring School Parent, Teachers, Students Association (PTSA).
The superintendent said the sign is outdated. "The new sign will include the latest technology and will only be an asset for the school as well as the community.
Taylor said high school principal Brian Davis has worked hard on the project and deserves credit. "The classes of 2002 and 2003 both had funds left over when they graduated and donated a combined $1,000 to start the project," Taylor said.
He said the Mammoth Spring 21st Century Club donated $100 last week. Club President Barbara Olbricht was at the school to present the check to Taylor.
"This club has been in the city of Mammoth Spring for a long time and has always been very supportive of our school. We invited the entire community to help us in our sign project. Any business, individual or organization interested in making a donation toward the new sign can call myself or principal Davis at the school," the superintendent said.
He said the total cost of the sign is $15,600 and an auction of donated items held recently at the school netted $8,000 toward the sign project.